Monday, June 24, 2019

News for the nerds...!

It is no less than fantastic artwork!
When you read this newsletter you will certainly have a different view of the normal plates. You must admit that it is impressive that the Danish porcelain factory Bing & Grondahl all the way back in 1895 was able to make such works of art..., especially when you know what you know, when you have read this newsletter!
 
Well, you are curious to know more about how Christmas plates are actually made, so now we will have a brief run through. We have a more detailed description on our homepage about how you make Christmas plates
Engraving the plaster form for the Christmas plates
The process to make a Christmas plate is rather long. It all begins with the artist, who draw the motif after the measurements of the Christmas plate. Then the modeller engraves the motif into a plaster form like shown in the picture above. This plaster form is the base form for the production of work forms that are used to imprint the motif into the newly formed Christmas plates.
 
Afterwards the Christmas plates are burned the first time. Yep, it needs to be baked more than once...!
Painting the Christmas plate
When the Christmas plates have been burned once they are spray painted to cover the entire surface with the motif. Then the porcelain painter does the somewhat opposite process of removing colour to make the motif stand out on the Christmas plate.
 
When the painter has done his job, the Christmas plate is dipped in the porcelain glazing and then burned once again at a higher temperature to make it harden and the glaze becomes a transparent surface.
 
But do not think that this is the end! Now the sorting begins and the sorting rate is rather high. Christmas plates with faults are removed so only the best remain. Only now can they be packed and shipped out to the shops and onwards to the customers.
 
Considering all this it is overwhelmingly cheap to buy many older years of Christmas plates. - When you consider how much work goes into the production.
 
Luckily the interest in Christmas plates have been increasing and we sell many more now, than we have for many years and we are especially happy that many young people have warmed up to them as a decorative item. And it probably helps that many years are cheaply available...
Marselisborg Palace 1975, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 8.79 EUR
Now: 6.63 EUR
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Vibaek Mill 1976, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 13.39 EUR
Now: 10.14 EUR
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In the desert 1972, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 16.9 EUR
Now: 13.39 EUR
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A Christmas Tale 1978, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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Christmas in the Forest 1980, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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The Christmas letter 1984, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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The Fir Tree - 1973 Desiree Hans Christian Andersen Christmas plate, 19cm
Before: 7.17 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep - 1974 Desiree Hans Christian Anderse..., 19cm
Before: 6.76 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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The Snow Man - 1977 Desiree Hans Christian Andersen Christmas plate, 19cm
Before: 10.82 EUR
Now: 7.98 EUR
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Many possibilities for the parties of the summer

Plates are on their way back in interior design and not just as wall decoration! As mentioned before they have many uses. There is an incorrect rumor that you cannot use Christmas/Annual/Mother´s Day plates for food. I would like to clarify once more... THIS IS NOT TRUE, you can safely eat from all Danish bluepainted underglaze plates! That being the normal Christmas plates and mother's day plates.
 
Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates - Beautiful summer table
The blue plates from Royal CopenhagenBing & GrondahlDesiree etc. are actually meant to be eaten from... and are a good alternative for boring normal plates. With Christmas plates you can have many motifs. Just notice the wonderful summer table set with Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates.

Use the beautiful plates!

Here we see Bing & Grondahl Christmas plates used as dinner plates on a table set up for do-it-yourself burgers. The possibilities are endless...
Bing & Grondahl Christmas plates as dinner plates
The Christmas letter 1984, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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Christmas in the old town 1983, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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Christmas in the Forest 1980, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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Christmas in Greenland 1972, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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Christmas at home 1971, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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Christmas Welcome 1976, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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You can also use old mother's day plates and commemorative plates for breakfast as shown here. The interesting thing about commemorative plates is that they have motifs connecting to an event that might still be fun and have relevance.
 
Take 2019... It is 50 years since Neil Armstrong set his foot on the moon and moon plates have been made commemorating this. And the best thing is that they are cheaply available! When relating to Denmark it is 800 years since Dannebrog (The Danish flag) descended from heaven and guess what! You can buy Dannebrog plates commemorating this! And these plates can be used for serving food...
Decorative plates for breakfast
1947-1972 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate, Frederik IX , 18cm
Before: 23.67 EUR
Now: 20.15 EUR
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1977 Royal Copenhagen Mother's Day plate, Children in pram, 15cm
Before: 12.98 EUR
Now: 10.68 EUR
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1973 Royal Copenhagen Mother's Day plate, Danish Mother, 15cm
Before: 6.76 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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1969 Royal Copenhagen Plate in memory of the moon landing VICTORIA SPATII 1..., 18cm
Before: 21.64 EUR
Now: 9.33 EUR
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Royal Copenhagen Valdemar plate, Dannebrog (The flag of Denmark) 750 years,..., 20cm
Before: 14.06 EUR
Now: 10.68 EUR
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1970 Royal Copenhagen Jubilee plate, The reunion of Denmark and Northern Sc..., 20cm
Before: 14.06 EUR
Now: 7.98 EUR
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There are many other possibilities...
There are many plates that cannot be used to eat from... What is often the case is that the motifs are printed on the glazing. This does not mean that you cannot use these for other purposes than hanging in a row. It is actually only your imagination that sets the limit!
Clock from Storm P. plates
Wiinblad Nymolle butterboards as clock
One of my personal favorites is to use plates as clock dials like in the pictures above. In the first pictures two series of Storm P. plates with six in each series and in the second twelve butterboards from Bjorn Wiinblad have been used. But you are not limited to a plate series, it is just about using plates that fit together....
Wiinblad Butter board "June", black, 15cm
Before: 16.9 EUR
Now: 12.85 EUR
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Wiinblad Butter board "February", black, 15cm
Before: 16.9 EUR
Now: 14.88 EUR
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Wiinblad Butter board "March", black, 15cm
Before: 16.9 EUR
Now: 14.88 EUR
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Royal Copenhagen Jubilee plate no. 1 Storm P. 1882-1982, the Tramp, 18cm
Before: 48.69 EUR
Now: 33.67 EUR
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Royal Copenhagen Jubilee plate no. 4 Storm P. 1882-1982, the Tramp, 18cm
Before: 54.1 EUR
Now: 33.67 EUR
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Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate The Storm Petersen Museum no. 3, 19cm
Before: 54.1 EUR
Now: 45.98 EUR
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Only imagination sets the limit!

There are numerous ways to use plates and it is only a question of experimentation. Both decoration and use are possibilities! And the best thing is that so many plates are available at reasonable prices today!
Wall with plates
Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate for Christmas dinner
H. C. Andersen Christmas plates in plate rack
Greenlandic Scenery 1978, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 22.31 EUR
Now: 17.45 EUR
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Immervad Bridge 1977, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 13.39 EUR
Now: 10.14 EUR
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Marselisborg Palace 1975, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 13.39 EUR
Now: 10.14 EUR
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The Fir Tree - 1973 Desiree Hans Christian Andersen Christmas plate, 19cm
Before: 10.82 EUR
Now: 7.98 EUR
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The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep - 1974 Desiree Hans Christian Anderse..., 19cm
Before: 10.14 EUR
Now: 7.98 EUR
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The Little Match Girl - 1971 Desiree Hans Christian Andersen Christmas plat..., 19cm
Before: 16.23 EUR
Now: 12.04 EUR
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Promenade 1979, Desiree Mother's Day plate Svend Jensen of Denmark, 19cm
Before: 13.52 EUR
Now: 6.63 EUR
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Nursery scene 1980, Desiree Mother's Day plate Svend Jensen of Denmark, 19cm
Before: 13.52 EUR
Now: 6.63 EUR
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Daily duties 1981, Desiree Mother's Day plate Svend Jensen of Denmark, 19cm
Before: 13.52 EUR
Now: 6.63 EUR
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1980 Rorstrand Christmas plate, 19cm
Before: 26.37 EUR
Now: 6.63 EUR
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1977 Rorstrand Christmas plate, 19cm
Before: 26.37 EUR
Now: 6.63 EUR
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1975 Rorstrand Christmas plate, 19cm
Before: 26.37 EUR
Now: 6.63 EUR
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